Definitely! Episode should be a place that appeals to all writers, but I do have a few problems with the whole maturity argument:
- I feel like people use it as an excuse to represent serious, difficult issues in insensitive ways: “Well I did say that this was a mature story when I wrote a story encouraging women to remain with abusive boyfriends.”
I feel like it’s a way for people to push people off who aren’t ‘old enough’ for their story: “it’s not my fault that I refuse to keep to the age range of Episode when I write my story. It’s Episode’s fault for not changing the age range so I can write what I want.”
It seems like a copout in my opinion. Yes, there should be sections, but I think it’s the mark of a great writer to be able to work to a brief. Episode’s brief isn’t even that strict, really! It’s pretty much just “don’t write anything too adult”. Yes, any writer is 100% entitled to write whatever they please, but Episode, as a private organisation that gives us the right to use their service, also has a right to choose what their target audience is and what stories they want to represent and endorse. People seem to forget that, I think. Freedom does extend to Episode too!